PARADIGM Sports Management (PSM) sued eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao for breach of contract after the sitting senator refused to fight former world champion Mikey Garcia.
The Southern California-based PSM of Audie Attar wants Pacquiao to return $3.3 million in advanced payment and sought to stop the scheduled August 21 welterweight showdown between Pacquiao and unified world champion Errol Spence Jr. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. PSM’s New York-based lawyer Judd Burstein filed the suit in Orange County, California, who said that Pacquiao must also pay damages to Attar after the fight with Garcia didn’t materialize.
But Pacquiao’s lawyer in the US, Dale Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump LLP, said “PSM has no serious purpose or value to interfere with the fighting senator.”
“The complaint filed by Paradigm Sports in California state court on Friday is a frivolous effort to interfere with Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming mega fight, and it can and will fail for numerous reasons,” Kinsella said in a statement released by another Pacquiao lawyer, Tom Falgui.
“Moreover, had Manny Pacquiao known that Paradigm Sports appears to have had no intention of fulfilling its contractual obligations, he never would have entered into any relationship with them,” Kinsella’s statement added.
Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions announced the Pacquiao-Spence fight on its official social media account and by MP Promotions President Sean Gibbons after Pacquiao signed the contract last May 21.
“Should this matter actually proceed beyond Friday’s filing in a court of law, Mr. Pacquiao will vigorously defend this action, assert his own claims against Paradigm Sports, and seek to recover his attorney’s fees as well,” Kinsella concluded.
Pacquiao didn’t comment on the law suit.